Friday, April 20, 2018

May 20th

Yesterday was Bobby's Birthday 86th. We had Happy Hour Wednesday and I got him a cake. Daughter Deb and husband Bob was there and many  people showed up. I didnt count them but we had 5 , 8ft. tables set up and had to add 1 on each side

Lots of good food including Al Lenius's 2 Strawberry, Rhubarb pies





Today was our 2nd Friday Donuts, we had a fairly good turnout.
Cards up for Frank Willard is in the hospital. Sharon Johnson broke her hip.

A new addition on the office going up very fast


Saturday, April 14, 2018

May 14th

We had a poor attendance for our Donuts and Coffee yesterday, I think some forgot about it being on Friday.

There's a new addition going up at the Office an office building.
Not much to report on this morning....we did have a very hot day yesterday, over 95, during the night a cold front and it's rainy and cool this morning, 62 and supposed to be 81 Sat. and Sunday look nice with highs of low to mid 80's.

I am sending Anita Farley a note this morning. Her address is 9555 West 59th Ave.apt.236., Arvada, CO.80004 She is in the same building but her apt. no. is different from a couple months ago. As you know she lost her husband, Ken, they were such great neighbors to us.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10th

Couple in the rain

We are having the most wonderful rain this morning, slow and steady and so needed!



We are having our 1st  coffee and donuts, Friday morning get-to-gether. The office usually buys the first Friday and after that we all will take turns furnishing them, making coffee and cleaning up. It's always a great time to come together and find out if theirs  any news from our friends up North, decide on some fun things we might do to entertain ourselves this Summer, and chit chat!

Our guys here in the park are still patching the streets. A big job!!

We are signing a card for Liz Livingood,  her Brother passed away

Donna




Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 3rd

There sure has been a big migration of R.V.S, cars, moter homes etc leaving this last week. So many left just after Easter. but we keep things rolling along here in the park. Quite a few activities will still go on and lots of get-to-gethers. some great cook outs, Friday donuts or as Darlene Bryant says "Coffee and Conversation" We take turns providing the donuts and making the coffee and cleaning up.We used to start around 7:30 a.m. but seems like everyone gathers by 7:00. typical Seniors. We chat at the Friday donuts and find out the latest news going on in the park and if anyone hears from the "Northerners" We still do Happy Hour on Wednesdays and we move 3 to 4 long tables into the card room and also have the Friday donuts in the cards room. I have put up a sign-up sheet for those who wish to provide the donuts each week, we some times run out of folks who wish to provide so many times we provide more than one time.
So check in on my blog occasionally to read any IMPORTANT NEWS about goings on here in the park and around town. I try to write mainly on Fridays after donuts....I have over 1200 hits on my blog each month so some of you might check quite often 😁
We sure enjoyied Easter dinner, many thanks to George and Sharyl Krantz and crew for all their hard work, the ham was delicious and so was the cheesy potatoes. So many great dishes were brought in by the great cooks here in the park! and Sharyl decorated the table so nicely, and a souvonier to take home for each couple.





newsletter
Resort, 715 N. Westgate Dr.,Weslaco, TX

Volume 46 NO. 20 Date: April 2, 2018 78596




RVE CLUB MEETING – Chair Darlene Bryant called meeting to order. We recited “Pledge to the Flag” and sang “God Bless America”. Meeting closed by singing club song, ”We Love Our Valley Home”.

Accompanist – Jan Delashmit

Invocation – Tom Cassidy

Secretary Report – Sharon Sprague

Treasurer Report – Sandy Novak



MANAGEMENT REPORT: We welcomed managers Bob and Vicki Davis who gave manager report. We were introduced to assistant managers Ron and Tricia Pires and welcome them to RVE. When asked what Ken Barnhart's position is, Bob replied, ”Maintenance.” Some areas Bob talked about were street work to be done this summer including patching and seal coating; lot number painting on curbs; possibly upping electrical ampage in 99s; Wi-Fi; interest from folks in Paradise South and Magnolia Parks to move into our park. Bob said, “New breakers may possibly be installed in 99s in future.” Suggestions were heard (too many to list) on colors to paint walls in Friendship Hall. Card room may have some work done too. Bob will talk to owner Walt Piper about Wi-Fi. Most agreed Spectrum works well for many including good trouble shooting. Charilyn Hover stated, “We do our banking, etc. online. SECURITY is important to us.” Website for park is riovalleyestates.com

Donna Gabbert keeps us informed with a blog. Find it at www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com .. she will continue to put news throughout the summer season. If you have something you think residents will want to know, give her a shout.

Donna Gabbert will be putting up a sign up sheet for those who may wish to bring donuts on Friday mornings when residents meet in card room. Monday morning club meetings are over for the season. Friday get togethers begin mid-April, Friday the 13th?

Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.

Treasurer Sandy Novak's gave her report. She said, “I called past treasurer Jim M. last night, had a couple questions.” Jim answered his phone with, “What the --- do you want? My job is done.” :-) Sandy's report was approved. Gave us all a smile.

Properties committee member Ron Zoeller reported. Concerning Brock Laing's suggestions on new lighting in Friendship Hall, Ron said committee has checked with electric company on 2 projects. First, were 100 can lights in ceiling, second was replacement of rope lights which would be color changeable & dimmable. Some new developments on a remote with ability to put on different systems will be reported to club in the fall. Committee will be asking for Brock's opinion of these projects. Replacement of 4 ft. table that had been welded several times was done. Ron said park management is working on new lights as old ones not working well. We talked about pool chairs as some have ripped, have maybe 10 good chairs. Many do not like those given to us by another park as the bars make them very uncomfortable. Pool chairs will be stacked in summer to keep them out of sun. A new folding chair was placed in front of hall for folks to try. Prior to meeting, Carolyn Thomsen was “bucked off” that chair. There were varying opinions from others who sat on the chair. Seems if you are “short” they might work .. if you are “tall” you might have another opinion. Cushion was nice but back too low, some thought. Idea is to replace ALL folding chairs, more on this in the fall. Board Members -- Properties – Ron Zoeller, Mike Reiff, Larry Pavlis; Finance – Sandy Novak, Gordon Amos, Jim Moeller.

Helen Curtis asks we call 603-674-3869, if we know of someone needing card due to illness/death in family. Cards to sign are in office area. If you call her & leave message, leave name. She will not return call if she doesn't know who left message. Cards this week were for Dave/Marylyn Mason, death of her sister-in-law; Ken Borah, death of wife Dorothy; Ann Johnson, death of sister Dorothy Borah. Helen appreciates updates on how folks are doing after we send them a card. Please see page 2 for thank you note from the Lykken's read by Helen this morning.

Helen previously put up a sympathy card for Anita Farley on the death of husband Ken. They lived at RVE for many years so some who remember them may wish to send a card of their own. Address to use is: Anita Farley, 955 W. 59th Ave., #343, Arvada, CO 80004.

George/Sharyl Krantz, chaired Easter Dinner. It was attended by 179 folks. The Krantzes thank all who attended and those who helped set up, serve, clean up. In George's words, “ We couldn't do this without your help.”

The ham & potatoes were great !!!

Sharon Bussinger is missing a medium sized serving spoon she took to Easter dinner yesterday. On back of spoon are her initials “S.B.” and her lot number, #212. Did you find it?

(continued from page 1)...This is the thank you card read by card chair Helen Curtis this morning .. “Dear Friends, You will never know how much we appreciated the card with all your signatures. We read & read it. I got tears in my eyes as there were memories of all of you. The many years at RVE were some of the best of our lives. You all made the years filled with wonderful memories. When Bud and I had health problems, you cared, prayed, visited, brought food, etc. Bud is doing well and I hope to get him home as soon as his foot heals. Our thanks again and may you all have a most wonderful summer and safe travels for some of you. Love and thanks.” - Bud and Arlene Lykken
Dave Johnson #93 has park directories, $1.50 each.
Activity Calendars are posted on board.
Irene Quail at #49 has a supply of RVE cookbooks. Pick one up, $5 each.
Dick Topel announces Sunday and Tuesday Mexican Train Dominoes are over for season, will begin in the fall. But  we will play some this Summer.......if we get enough to play
Park Breakfast is at Fiesta Tex-Mex Thursdays, 8 a.m.
Wednesday Happy Hours continue .. all invited to join in. Bring snacks and choice of beverage. Depending on numbers attending, this may be held in card room.
Cristy Jones has offered to wash towels, dish clothes, etc. after special events in the hall. Just drop them off at #295 when the event is over. Thanks, Cristy!

Summer Activities
Editor received a note from Sandy Lenius about two get to gethers Illinois winter Texans have. The 3rd Thursday of each month, they get together for breakfast at Roscoe, Illinois. Once a month, they gather at Dairy Queen for birthdays, usually the Sunday after the Thursday get-together. Pass the word!
The Iowa Potluck is at noon on Wed., July 11. This is held at Comfort Inn in Story City.
In Iowa, RVE residents are invited to SkipAway Campground, Clermont, August 5-12. Tom & Mary Lou Benson have opted to not plan tours/activities after having done it for over 20 yrs, but plan to attend. If you wish a camping spot, make your own reservations with Terry Baker at 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841. Some come & stay at motels. Bensons can get phone numbers for you. Gene Maurer and Carolyn Thomson announce a special activity on Wed., Aug. 8. All are invited to their home on “Lansing Day” when many go to Horsefall's. The new conservation building in Lansing will surely be of interest to folks too. Plan to end the day at Carolyn and Gene's … they will provide maidrites and baked beans! Others may wish to bring a dish to share. We'll have a sign up sheet at camp out so you can indicate if you plan to join the group there....will help Carolyn/Gene to plan.

Lexophilia – Who on earth dreams these up?
“I know who's addicted to brake fluid,
but he says he can stop any time.”
“When chemists die, they barium.”
“I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
I just can't put it down.”
“I did a theatrical performance about puns.
It was a play on words.”
“Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?”
“When you get bladder infection, urine trouble.”
“I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.”

Can anyone relate to this? It's about OLD PEOPLE
I never really liked the terminology “OLD PEOPLE”. But this makes me feel better. Got this from an OLD friend.
Old People are easy to spot at sporting events. During the playing of The National Anthem, they remove their caps, cover their hearts, stand at attention, sing without embarrassment. They know the words & believe in them.
Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy, Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, Korean War, Cold War, Jet Age, Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945-2005, not to mention .. Vietnam.
If you bump into an Old person on the sidewalk, he will apologize. If you pass an Old person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers . They re courtly to women and treat them with great respect.
Old People hold the door for the next person. When walking they make certain the lady is on the inside.
Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children. They don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies. Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children, grandchildren or their animals.
It's the OLD PEOPLE who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.
This country needs OLD PEOPLE with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country, decent values.
We need them now more than ever.

GAME RESULTS - Place scores, winner names, complete info on dates and name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall. WRITE LEGIBLY!
BRIDGE – March 27 -
1st – Dick Gibson 3850 2nd – Catherine Donovan 2790
CANASTA – Table of 4 –
March 28 – Margie Rexroad, Mitze Hutchinson 28150
March 30 – Margie Rexroad, Jean Stamp 31505
Table of 6 –
DOMINOS – Mexican Train – March 27 – Red Tyler, Virginia Baker, Janel Baker
DUMMY RUMMY – March 31 -
1st – Kathryn Ratliff 217 2nd – Paul Sprague 246
3rd – Sharon Sprague 265 4th – Dick Topel 272
EUCHRE – March 27 -
GOLF -
PINOCHLE – Single Deck –
POKER – TEXAS HOLD 'EM – March 31 -
1st – Al Lenius 157 2nd – Jodie Markison 168
3rd – Virginia Baker 189 4th – Donna Granath 202
TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER – March 31 -
1st – Jean Stamp 2nd – Judy Nordquist 3rd – Lynn Stamp
TIC – March 28 -
1st – Al Lenius 157 2nd – Jodi Markison 168
3rd – Virginia Baker 189 4th – Donna Granath 202

WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(taken from papers written by a class of 8 year olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.
Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves & caterpillars. They talk to us about the colors of flowers & why we shouldn't step on “cracks”.
They don't say, “Hurry up”.
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth & gums out.
Grandparents can answer questions like “Why isn't God married?” and“How come dogs chase cats?”
When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
They know we need snack time before bed time. They say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
It's funny when grandparents bend over. You hear gas leaks, and they blame the dog.

Plenty of room for jokes and stories today ..
so must be time to stop printing newsletter!!

Editor wishes all a wonderful & healthy
summer .. Lord willing, see you in the fall.





FINAL NEWSLETTER OF THIS SEASON IS TODAY

That's all I got, folks !!


Monday, March 26, 2018

March 26th


Happy Easter
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RVE CLUB MEETING – Chair Craig Daves called meeting to order. We recited “Pledge to the Flag” & sang “God Bless America”. Meeting closed by singing club song, ”We Love Our Valley Home”.

Accompanist – Jan Delashmit

Invocation – Craig - “Who will take care of Grandma?” gave us something to really think about. He closed with prayer.

Secretary Report – Dana Daves

Treasurer Report – Jim Moeller



Belated Happy Birthday to Jim Moeller .. it was yesterday.



MANAGEMENT REPORT: Ken Barnhart, assistant manager,

reminded residents to sign up for Easter Dinner. Wi-Fi was down over weekend, is back up today. During the off-season, managers & helpers will be replacing lights that don't come on properly & also repairing wobbly fans. The new sod that was laid at #106 needs water to get it going, so sprinklers are on there most days. Ken said, “You may run through the water if you want .. clothes or not.” We were reminded to have safe trip home but come back ASAP. When asked names of assistant managers, Ken said they are Ron & Tricia. Website for park is riovalleyestates.com

Park owner Walter Piper spoke to us this morning, saying, “It's a sad time of the year because chairs are empty. I urge advertising to promote the fun in RVE. Tell your friends how you love this park. Take along some brochures.” Walter lives in Florida, spends part of his summer in Wisconsin where it's cooler. He comes to the Valley mid-summer where “At night it cools off, especially in the pool.” He added, “All go home safely & come back and make this park SHINE!”



Donna Gabbert keeps us informed with a blog. Find it at www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com .. she will continue to put news throughout the summer season. If you have something you think residents will want to know, give her a shout.

Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.

Treasurer Jim Moeller's report approved. He is handing over treasurer duties to Sandy Novak April 1 with these words of advice, “Most tomatoes that are thrown are not soft.” Books have been audited with a few adjustments. Properties committee member Larry Pavlis reported committee will meet with Bier Electric about lighting suggested by Brock. Jerry McAninch & Sally Hejlik have returned their keys as going off the board April 1. Jim closed by saying, “It's been a pleasure working with Jerry & Sally.” Board Members -- Properties – Ron Zoeller, Jerry McAninch, Larry Pavlis; Finance – Sandy Novak, Sally Hejlik, Jim Moeller. 3 year terms begin April 1 with newly elected Mike Reiff & Gordon Amos replacing Jerry McAninch & Sally Hejlik.



A round of applause was given to our board for their work this season .. RVE residents appreciate you.



Election of new chair & vice chair for April & November was held last Monday. Darlene Bryant will serve as chairperson. Vice chair is Sue Barnhart.

Helen Curtis asks we call 603-674-3869, if we know of someone needing card due to illness/death in family. Cards to sign are in office area. If you call her & leave message, leave name. She will not return call if she doesn't know who left message. Cards this week were for Bud Lykken, who had foot surgery; Anita Farley, death of husband Ken; Bob Bruce, fell breaking hip, surgery was successful, other health issues continue. Helen appreciates updates on how folks are doing after we send them a card.



HAPPY EASTER TO ALL ..

CHRIST IS RISEN !



George/Sharyl Krantz, are chairing Easter Dinner. Ham & taters will be furnished, remainder is potluck. Plan to eat at 1 p.m. If you plan to attend, please sign up with number in your party & what you'd like to furnish .. so they will know how much ham & potatoes are needed. Volunteers to help are needed .. see sign up sheets to indicate how you can help.





Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March 28 – Park Pizza Party (this is last one until fall), Peter Piper Pizza, 11:30 a.m.

April 1 – Easter Dinner, 1 p.m. - George/Sharyl Krantz chair

April 2 – FINAL NEWSLETTER OF SEASON .. WANT IT PRINTED, GET IT TO EDITOR AT #103 OR AT MEETING!!

Chair Craig announced the secretary's briefcase is full of books from past years' minutes. With cabinet out of room, we voted to shred all older than 3 years back.
Table cover for poker top appears to be missing. If you know where it might be, please return to back room.

“Thanks to all who attended the RVE Sunday ice cream socials in March. Another great way to fellowship .. it would not have been possible without the guidance & help of .. Brock & Adrienne Laing, Paul & Sharon Sprague, Judy Nordquist, Justin Markuson, Darlene Ales, Gloria Gomez Dave Hicks. Thanks to all who helped rearrange the tables & chairs. Thanks!” -- Lynn &Jean Stamp

The last Park Pizza Party is this Wednesday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. at Peter Piper Pizza. Wear name tags. Bring mugs for free pop. Come enjoy delicious pizza.
Linda Palmero told us she had gone to Golden Corral for dinner this week. Manager told her how grateful they were for monies from our Vet's dinner. A picture was taken and this will appear in their national magazine.
A petition to have VA counselor Felix Rodriguez return to Weslaco from Edinburg office is in office area. Rex Rexroad urges vets, spouses, widows, widowers, to sign.
Did you know .. tomorrow has been recognized as National Vietnam Vet's Day” .. we honor those vets.

“A problem not worth praying about
is not worth worrying about.”

Dave Johnson #93 has park directories, $1.50 each.
Activity Calendars are posted on board. Let club secretary Dana Daves or Judi DeKoning know if you wish a 2018-2019 date on the calendar.
Notify news editor at #103 of changes in chairpersons & times of activities. Written notes help.
Irene Quail at #49 has a supply of RVE cookbooks. Pick one up, $5 each.
Park Breakfast is at Fiesta Tex-Mex Thursdays, 8 a.m.
Some activities are discontinued until next season. Those announced this morning include euchre, pinochle, line dance, yoga (after tomorrow). Darlene Bryant announced activities & games continue throughout the summer if there are enough folks wishing to play. Thanks from Kathy Cochran to all who line danced this season.
Does anyone have high chair or booster seats? Donna Granath needs for the “twins from Mexico” who will be visiting them this week. Contact Donna at #153.

*****
From Rollo or Harriet .. or whoever the heck sent these!

“I hate it when I see an OLD person ..then realize
we went to school together.”

I say .. “For better digestion, I drink beer.
In the case of appetite loss, I drink white wine.
In the case of low BP, I drink red wine.
In the case of high BP, I drink scotch,
And when I have a cold, I drink Schnapps.”
My friend asks .. “When do you drink water?”
My reply .. “I've never been that sick.”

“Think OLD and you'll be OLD. Think YOUNG
and you'll be a delusional OLD FART.”

“I remember being able to get up
without making sound effects …. GOOD TIMES!”

*****
Summer Activities
If your state has something special going on, let editor know before final newsletter next Monday, April 2.
Editor received a note from Sandy Lenius about two get to gethers Illinois winter Texans have. The 3rd Thursday of each month, they get together for breakfast at Roscoe, Illinois. Once a month, they gather at Dairy Queen for birthdays, usually the Sunday after the Thursday get-together. Pass the word!
The Iowa Potluck is at noon on Wed., July 11. This is held at Comfort Inn in Story City.
In Iowa, RVE residents are invited to SkipAway Campground, Clermont, August 5-12. Tom & Mary Lou Benson have opted to not plan tours/activities after having done it for over 20 yrs, but plan to camp. If you wish a camping spot, make your own reservations with Terry Baker at 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841. Some come & stay at motels .. Bensons can get phone numbers for you! Gene Maurer & Carolyn Thomson have announced a special activity on Wed., Aug. 8. All are invited to their home on “Lansing Day” when many go to Horsefall's. The new conservation building in Lansing will surely be of interest to folks too. Plan to end the day at Carolyn & Gene's where they will provide maidrites & baked beans! Others may wish to bring a dish to share. We'll have a sign up sheet at the camp out so you can indicate if you plan to join the group there....will help Carolyn/Gene to plan.

“The blessing of old friends can't be counted in
cups of coffee or hours spent together ..
but by the deep and constant
certainty that someone cares.”

GAME RESULTS - Place scores, winner names, complete info on dates & name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall. WRITE LEGIBLY!
BRIDGE – March 20 -
1st – Dick Gibson 3490 2nd – Maud Fisher 3120
March 22 -
1st – Maud Fisher 3120 2nd – Dick Gibson 2770
March 24 -
1st – Ed Hover 1920 2nd – Bruce Wells 1910
CANASTA – Table of 4 –
March 19 – Frank Willard, Juanita Fisher 31950
March 23 – Frank Willard, Mitzi Hutchinson 32480
Table of 6 – March 21 -
Donna Gabbert, Marge Rexroad, Jeanie Burkinshaw 41235
DOMINOS – Mexican Train – March 20 – Ron Baker, Agnes Messner, Dick Topel, Virginia Baker, Janie Maxwell, Alice Talbert March 25 – Grace Thornton, Vic Greenlee, Virginia Baker, Red Tyler, Charlotte Cop, Janie Maxwell
DUMMY RUMMY – March 24 -
1st – Nancy Argo 203 2nd – Sharon Sprague 222
3rd – Judy Nordquist 247 4th – Tom Anderson 249
EUCHRE – March 20 - 1st – Dale Livingood 39
2nd – Jewel Kruckman Score?
PINOCHLE – Single Deck – March 23 -
1st – Ed Hover 483 2nd – Del Telfor 473
POKER – TEXAS HOLD 'EM – March 24 -
1st – Dave Clement 2nd – Lynn Stamp 3rd – Judy Nordquist

Here's something for you Poker players from actor Beth Hall.
She says “With poker, you don't really need to get lucky.
You just don't want to get unlucky.”

TIC – March 21 -
1st – Sally Hejlik 129 2nd – Rex Rexroad 150
2nd – Judy Nordquist 170 4th – Harriet Stromer 175



Received these from Gert awhile back ..
An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him. “How do you expect to get into Heaven?” The boy thought it over & said, “Well, I'll run in & out & in & out & keep slamming the door until Saint Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'”

It was time during Sunday service for the children's sermon. All the children came forward. One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress. As she sat down, the pastor leaned over & said, “That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter dress?” The little girl replied directly into the pastor's clip-on microphone, “Yes, and my Mom says it's a b---h to iron.”

Dare I print this one? We all know the true meaning of Easter.
The minister started his Easter Children's Sermon with this question, “Who knows what a Resurrection is?” Not missing a beat, a young boy says, “If you have one lasting more than 4 hours, call your physician.” The pastor is still laughing .. and so am I!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19th





I will try to keep you all informed of the goings on down here in S. Texas. I will usually have something to write about  after our  Friday coffee and donuts as it
is usually a good time to share info. 




It's so hard to believe that Mary Christianson had her 90th Birthday, the 17th, I think. We celebrated with cake at Bingo Sat. night. She's so active and such a fun person!

I don't have a date for the park photo directory coming yet. Last I heard was a week to 10 days from a about last Tuesday, As most know arrangements were made for Zeko Printing to print our books and they closed unexpectantly without notice, so Rod had to find a new place to get them printed.


RVE CLUB MEETING – Chair Craig Daves called meeting to order. We recited “Pledge to the Flag” & sang “God Bless America”. Meeting closed by singing club song, ”We Love Our Valley Home”.

Accompanist – Jan Delashmit

Invocation – Judy Greenlee - “The Other Fellow” & prayer

Secretary Report – Dana Daves

Treasurer Report – Jim Moeller



Prior to our morning meeting, Vet's Dinner chair Linda Palermo, presented a check ($947) to Mario ??? for Camp Chorale. This was proceeds from Vet's dinner & goes toward cost for children to attend camp.

Happy 80th Birthday this week to Darlene Bryant .. some of her family are here to help her celebrate .. welcome to them.



MANAGEMENT REPORT: Ken Barnhart, assistant manager, said, “I apologize (many excuses we won't mention) that kitchen floor didn't get cleaned after the St. Pat's Day dinner.” He thanked Rachel Morales for donating ALL the cabbage for the meal. Ken Farley's son Steve, has called to let all know Ken is in Hospice in Colorado & not expected to live. We need to put long time residents Ken & Anita in our prayers. Ken ended his report by saying, “All of you who are leaving, please come back soon. Have a safe trip .. but don't leave too soon!” Website for park is riovalleyestates.com

Donna Gabbert keeps us informed with a blog. Find it at www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com.

Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.

Treasurer Jim Moeller's (he's now at Lot #701 for those who need to know how to find him) report approved. Properties committee member Larry Pavlis said “Old people bring notes”...The new stove top has arrived & is being installed today. An electric meat slicer was purchased & used on Saturday to slice the corn beef....really helped the committee! Larry said the large freezer will be turned off over the summer..items will go into smaller freezer. A thank you to Linda Palmero for her work in keeping kitchen clean. Board has hired resident Maria Marin #269 to cleaning of kitchen after Easter so it will be ready when we return in the fall. Board Members-- Properties – Ron Zoeller, Jerry McAninch, Larry Pavlis; Finance – Sandy Novak, Sally Hejlik, Jim Moeller. 3- year terms begin April 1 with newly elected Mike Reiff & Gordon Amos replacing Jerry McAninch & Sally Hejlik.

Election of new chair & vice chair for April & November was held this morning. Darlene Bryant was chosen & agreed to serve as chairperson; Sue Barnhart agreed to be vice chairperson.

Current chair Craig Daves said, “We have difficulty finding folks to run for the board & as officers. This club cannot survive if residents do not stand up & serve. Don't be afraid to volunteer to serve.”

Craig thanked Judy DeKoning for work with club calendar & Mary Lou Benson for newsletter & publicity of events. Speaking for Judy & myself, your editor says, “Like doing it!”

Helen Curtis asks we call 603-674-3869, if we know of someone needing card due to illness/death in family. Cards to sign are in office area. If you call her & leave message, leave name. She will not return call if she doesn't know who left message. Cards this week were for Janice Williams #57, knee surgery; Marylyn/David Mason #417, death of brother; Bev Telfor #208, hospitalized for pneumonia, now home; Ken Costley #47, in hospital, heart issues. Since Feb. 19, Helen has prepared 20 cards this month alone! Helen appreciates updates on how folks are doing after we send them a card.

It was reported Bud Lykken has been having problems with poor circulation. A toe has been removed & he's in nursing home recovering. He & Arlene lived in #150 for many years.

Chair Craig said 6 residents volunteered to review club by-laws as printed in directory. They will review bylaws over the summer & make suggestions in the fall on changes they feel need to be made.

Nancy Gonnerman will continue to take blood pressure readings before Monday meetings when they return in fall.

Thanks, George & Sharyl Krantz, for volunteering to cook ham for our April 1 Easter Dinner. Plan to eat at 1 p.m. Sign up so they will know how much ham is needed. They're asking for help slicing, serving, clean up, etc. George says, “We appreciate all of you.”

Thank you from Mary Christianson's daughter who said, “Mom is hard to get to know .. does appreciate everyone's kindness, in particular those responsible for the celebration of her 90th birthday on Saturday.”



Upcoming Dates to Remember:

April 1 – Easter Dinner, 1 p.m. - George/Sharyl Krantz chair

April 2 – FINAL NEWSLETTER OF SEASON .. WANT IT PRINTED, GET IT TO EDITOR AT #103 OR AT MEETING!!

“TY to everyone who helped make my 90th birthday a great celebration. Whether you sent a card, attended open house, helped in kitchen, set up tables, or just verbally wished me a Happy Birthday, it all resulted in a perfect day which I will always remember.” - Peg Hayelan
Note from Jean Stamp: “TY to Lu Scott for providing ice cream & cookies yesterday in celebration of Lu spending 30 years with her friends at RVE.”
Dave Johnson #93 has park directories, $1.50 each.
Activity Calendars are posted on board. Let club secretary Dana Daves or Judi DeKoning know if you wish a 2018-2019 date on the calendar. New calendars are up this week, please check for accuracy.
Notify news editor at #103 of changes in chairpersons & times of activities. Written notes help.
Some of our newer residents may not know that in 2002 a Rio Valley Estates cookbook was printed. A supply remains at Irene Quail's #49, purchase at $5 each. Many good recipes there!
Park Breakfast is at Fiesta Tex-Mex Thursdays, 8 a.m.
Bruce Wells announces no more Bean Bags until fall. He has a few Vial of Life stickers left. Best to put on front door & door where vial is stored. Anyone not receiving a paid for card for CPR/AED, let Bruce know, he can print. Stickers & cards can be picked up at E-4.
Chuck/Nancy Gonnerman chaired the tasty St. Pat's Day Dinner on Saturday. Nancy announced they will again chair the event in 2019 .. on Saturday, March 16. Sandy Lenius stated, “this was best corn beef/cabbage dinner I've ever had .. thanks to committee.” We thank in particular Rachel Morales at #91 whose brother donated ALL the cabbage! Thank you to Bruce Wells for his special Irish music with his dulcimer.
We honored Mary Christianson on her 90th birthday at the St. Pat's Dinner .. it was a surprise to this long time resident from Minnesota. Cake was provided by Maud Fisher.
If you're Irish you may enjoy this joke .. The Irish never hesitate to come to the aid of their fellowman. Shortly after take-off on an outbound flight from Dublin, the lead flight attendant made the following announcement in her lovely Irish brogue: “Ladies & gentlemen, I'm so very sorry, but it appears there has been a mix-up by our catering service. I don't know how this happened but we have 103 passengers on board & unfortunately received only 40 dinner meals. I truly apologize for this.” When the muttering of the passengers died down, she continued, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so someone else can eat will receive free & unlimited drinks for the duration of our 10 hour flights.” Her next announcement came about 2 hours later: “If anyone is hungry, we still have 40 dinners available.”
Summer Activities
If your state has something special going on in the summer, let editor know before final newsletter
which will be printed April 2.
The annual Iowa Potluck is scheduled for noon on Wed., July 11. This is held at Comfort Inn in Story City. If this is incorrect, chairman PLEASE let me know!
Also in Iowa, RVE residents are invited to SkipAway Campground in Clermont from August 5-12. Tom & Mary Lou Benson have opted to NOT plan tours/activities after having done it for over 20 years, but we know many folks still plan to come on up. Tom & Mary Lou will still camp, just not planning the activities. If you wish a camping spot, you must make your own reservations with Terry Baker at SkipAway, ph. 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841. Some RVE folks come to join in for fun & stay at motels in the area. If you wish to do this, that would be great .. Bensons can get phone numbers for you!
HOW ABOUT OTHER STATES' ACTIVITIES?
GET INFO TO #103 TO APPEAR IN NEWSLETTER.
Who dreams these up?
“A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.”
“Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.”
“Broken pencils are pointless.”
“All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen.
The police have nothing to go on.”
“Don't worry about old age. It doesn't last.”
GAME RESULTS - Place scores, winner names, complete info on dates & name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall. WRITE LEGIBLY!
BRIDGE – March 17 -
1st – Dolores Mason 2950 2nd – Dick Gibson 2880
March 13 -
1st – Maud Fisher 2870 2nd – Ed Hover 2690
March 15 -
1st – Maud Fisher 4290 2nd – Catherine Donovan 2890
CANASTA – Table of 4 – There appears to be a HUGE MIX-UP this week. It is very important the person in charge put name of game, date & score on sheet they put into plastic box. Only winners' names go there! Editor had tough time trying to figure it out this week but chose to NOT call everyone involved!
March 12 – Jean Burkinshaw, Mary Jean Steward 28480
March 16 – Mary Jean Steward, Juanita Fisher 28070
March 16 – Catherine Donovan, Lorraine Origer 26965
March 14 – Jeanie Burkinshaw, Fran Hryniw 36040
Table of 6 – March 12 -
Margie Rexroad, Jean Stamp, Fran Hryniw
Frank Willard, Marge Rexroad, Mitze Hutchinson 32755
DOMINOS – Mexican Train – March 13 – Darlene Bryant, Pat Olafson, Agnes Messner, Ann Johnson, Alice Talbert, Judy Greenlee, Diana Ateah, Catherine Donovan, Dick Topel, Grace Thornton, Vic Greenlee, Donna Gabbert March 18 – Pat Olafson, Ann Johnson, Vic Greenlee, Janie Maxwell, Catherine Donovan, Virginia Baker, Red Tyler, Judy Greenlee
DUMMY RUMMY – March 17 –
Need to know who Harvey P. is as he had only 51 points!!
1st – Tom Benson 201 2nd – LeRoy Larson 208
3rd – Jim Goodwin 217 4th – Donna Goodwin 238
EUCHRE – March 13 -
1st – Lloyd Patrick 44 2nd – Del Telfor 43
GOLF – Los Lagos Golf Club – March 13 -
1st – Henry Hryniw 74 2nd – Ken DeViers 92
Executive Course – March 16 -
1st – Henry Hryniw 31
tie for 2nd – Justin Markuson & Dave Johnson 35
Palmview – March 14 -
1st – Mark Fisher 78
tie for 2nd – Al Jacobson & Bob Short 83
PINOCHLE – Single Deck – March 17 -
1st – Margaret Davis 487 2nd – Grace Thornton 468
SHUFFLING – March 13 – Ross McAuley, LeRoy Larson Maqrch 15 – Henry Hryniw, Jim Moeller, Dave Johnson, Bruce Wells March 17 – Cooper Upmeyer-Evers (Harriet Stromer), Chad Evers (Harriet), Claire Upmeyer-Evers (Harriet again!)
WHAT A GREAT SHUFFLER THAT HARRIET IS ..
AND TAUGHT THE GRANDKIDS TOO !! :-)
POKER – TEXAS HOLD 'EM – March 17 -
1st – Justin Markuson 2nd – John Quail
3rd – Harriet Stromer (you play poker too, Harriet?!!)
TIC – March 14 -
1st – Justin Markison (Judy Nordquist's grandson) 164
2nd – Lynn Stamp 200 3rd – Ann Johnson 202
4th – Marge Rexroad 207

Grandmas
A woman was out walking with her grandson. He picked up something off the ground & started to put it in his mouth. She took the item away from him & asked him not to do that. “Why?” he asked. Grandma replied, “Because it's been on the ground. You don't know where it's been, it's dirty, probably has germs.”
The grandson looking at her with great admiration asked, “Grandma, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.”
Grandma said, “All grandmas know stuff. It's on the Grandma Test. You have to know it or they don't let you be a grandma.”
The grandson was evidently pondering this new information, “Oh, I get it!” he beamed, “So, if you don't pass the test you have to be the Grandpa.!”
“Exactly,” said Grandma with a big smile on her face.

Ponder These Thoughts ..
“Why do they lock doors at gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?”
“Does the little mermaid wear an algebra?”
“If a synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too?”
“How is it possible to have a civil war?”
“Whose cruel idea was it for the word 'lisp' to have 's' in it?”
“Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?”
“Can an atheist get insurance against 'acts of God'?”
“If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?”
“What was the best thing before sliced bread?”
“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”
“Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?”
“Why are hemorrhoids called hemorrhoids instead of 'asteroids'?”
( I can't believe I printed THAT last one!!)




Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12th Newsletter


st patricks day comments, glitter graphics and orkut scraps
Comments and Graphics - GoodLightscraps.com


RVE CLUB MEETING – Chair Craig Daves called meeting to order. We recited “Pledge to the Flag” & sang “God Bless America”. Meeting closed by singing club song, ”We Love Our Valley Home”.

Accompanist – Jan Delashmit

Invocation – Sharon Sprague - “Soldier & His Deck of Cards” followed by prayer

Secretary Report – Dana Daves

Treasurer Report – Jim Moeller



Seems there are MORE folks going home than ARRIVING .. but we were all glad to welcome back Jan Philipp & friend Larry Quigley. Don't stay away so long next year!!



MANAGEMENT REPORT: Ken Barnhart, assistant manager, says “It may have been 90 degrees yesterday but it's chilly today .. summer's coming”. Winter Texan Times is the leading news in the Valley throughout our season & they have offered to bring EXTRA copies of the March 15 issue. We encourage our residents to take some home & tell your friends up north about our great times. Let the office know if you need extra copies. A comment from Sue McLauglin made us smile, “WiFi is 'this' much better .. !” Website for park is riovalleyestates.com

Donna Gabbert keeps us informed with a blog. Find it at www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com.

Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.

Treasurer Jim Moeller's report approved. Properties committee member Larry Pavlis said new ice machine was delivered & installed but last night “it went on the fritz”, it's under warranty, will be repaired. Old ice machine was sold. There is new coffee maker in big hall, card room folks want new one. Committee has good prices on one. Still some stove top issues, will be taken care of. Inventory has been completed. A dry erase board is now in pool room area. Larry thanked all who helped with the February breakfasts served by the board. Board Members-- Properties – Ron Zoeller, Jerry McAninch, Larry Pavlis; Finance – Sandy Novak, Sally Hejlik, Jim Moeller. 3- year terms begin April 1 with newly elected Mike Reiff & Gordon Amos replacing Jerry McAninch & Sally Hejlik.



We'll be electing new chair & vice chair for April and November. Be thinking about who you wish to nominate. Nominations will be taken next week. We'll vote last Monday in March....the 26th.



Helen Curtis asks we call 603-674-3869, if we know of someone needing card due to illness/death in family. Cards to sign are in office area. If you call her & leave message, leave name. She will not return call if she doesn't know who left message. Cards this week were for Tom Anderson, McAllen Heart Hospital, breathing problems; Dottie Reiff, Knapp Hospital, pneumonia. Helen would appreciate updates on how folks are doing after we send them a card.



Chair Craig said three residents have volunteered to review club by-laws as printed in our directory. He would like three more volunteers. This group will review bylaws over the summer & make suggestions in the fall on changes they feel need to be made.



PLEASE turn off cell phones during Monday meetings.



It was announced entertainment chair Brock Laing & wife Adrienne arrived safely at their home up north.



Come dance tonight, 7-9:30. Tonight is the final dance of the season .. Diego plays. Cost is $6 pp. 50-50 draw.



Thanks to George & Sharyl Krantz who have volunteered to cook ham for our April 1 Easter Dinner. They are asking for helpers & will post a sign up sheet soon. Park provides the ham, remainder is potluck. Always a nice way to close our season's activities .. Celebrate the day Christ is Risen.



From Rose of The Golden Girls –

“The older you get, the better you get .. unless you're a banana!”



Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March 14 – Park Pizza Party, Peter Piper Pizza, 11:30 a.m.

March 17 – St. Patrick's Day Dinner, 4 p.m., $9 pp, ticket sales end today, March 12, Chuck/Nancy Gonnerman chair

April 1 – Easter Dinner, Noon .. George/Sharyl Krantz chair


Dave Johnson #93 has new park directories, $1.50 each.
Activity Calendars are posted on big board. Let club secretary Dana Daves or Judi DeKoning know if you wish a 2018-2019 date on the calendar.
Notify news editor at #103 of changes in chairpersons & times of activities. Written notes help.
Some of our newer residents may not know that in 2002 a Rio Valley Estates cookbook was printed. A supply remains at Irene Quail's #49, purchase at $5 each. Many good recipes there!
Park Breakfast is at Fiesta Tex-Mex Thursdays, 8 a.m.
Marge Rexroad who heads our Quilters Group displayed the many quilts that will be taken to V.A. by Irene Quail. Marge thanked everyone who helps and those who have donated supplies for the quilters.
Charilyn Hover announced she & Ed have volunteered to chair next year's Iowa Dinner which was placed on the 2019 calendar .. March 6 at noon. She thanked Mary Lou for the mobile quilt she won (making them chairs).
Does anyone besides your editor believe treasurer Jim Moeller & “doc” Bruce Wells missed their calling? Should they have been comedians!?? Bruce announces,
“If you have a living will & Vial of Life, the will or instructions on where it is should be in the Vial of Life. Both Vial of Life & living will forms should be those used by Texas.” Need extra vial, forms or stickers, Bruce has these at #E-4. Sue Barnhart said Texas forms can be obtained online. Bruce has reminded Rich Stubbs about the certificates, will call him again. The AED is located in women's restroom. Ken Barnhart will periodically check the AED batteries during the summer season.

Admonitions I read way back in 2002!
“Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.”
“If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.”
“Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.”
“Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your mouth is moving.”
“Experience is what you get just after you need it.”

Park Pizza Party is this Wednesday, the 14th, 11:30 a.m. at Peter Pizer Pizza. If you have the Peter Piper cups, bring with you as your beverage is then free. Wear name tags. Prizes & ice cream included with price of meal.
March 17, Chuck/Nancy Gonnerman chair St. Patrick's Day Dinner of corn beef & cabbage, potatoes, dessert, lemonade, green beer. The committee will be using scales purchased by club so all will receive the same amount of corn beef. Tickets are being sold, $9 pp. Final day for sales is today, March 12. Chair Nancy said there will be juice to put over your meal so you may want to bring good-sized soup bowl. If you don't wish to have the juice, butter for potatoes plus your table service will be provided for you. A few more volunteers needed to help on some duties. See sign up sheet for volunteers. Dress in green. Enjoy special entertainment by Bruce Wells with his dulcimer.
Regular game activities such as Bingo, Pinochle & Texas Hold'em will be held on Saturday after St. Pat's dinner even though they may run a little late.
“Must Goes” – If you have left-over food items you do not want to take back up north, you may deliver them to the Runn School office. They will accept partial servings of food in disposable containers.

“Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.”

Extras ..
Nancy Gonnerman at #23 would like to know if anyone uses lace ribbon to crochet necklaces. Contact her.
Some of you have met Tom Benson's son Kyle when he has visited in the park nearly early year. He will receive his long-awaited kidney transplant on March 14. Prayers for him & his donor are appreciated by Bensons.
Summer Activities
If your state has something special going on in the summer, let editor know before final newsletter which will be printed March 26 (or April 2?).
The annual Iowa Potluck is scheduled for noon on Wed., July 11. This is held at Comfort Inn in Story City. If this is incorrect, chairman PLEASE let me know!
Also in Iowa, RVE residents are invited to SkipAway Campground in Clermont from August 5-12. Tom & Mary Lou Benson have opted to NOT plan tours/activities after having done it for over 20 years, but we know many folks still plan to come on up. Tom & Mary Lou will still camp, just not planning the activities. If you wish a camping spot, you must make your own reservations with Terry Baker at SkipAway, ph. 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841. Some RVE folks come to join in for fun & stay at motels in the area. If you wish to do this, that would be great .. Bensons can get phone numbers for you!
HOW ABOUT OTHER STATES' ACTIVITIES?
GET INFO TO #103 TO APPEAR IN NEWSLETTER.

GAME RESULTS - Place scores, winner names, complete info on dates & name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall. WRITE LEGIBLY!
BRIDGE – March 6 -
1st – Maud Fisher 4460 2nd – Dick Gibson 3220
March 8 -
1st – Dolores Mason 2910 2nd – Bruce Wells 2160
March 10 -
1st – Dick Gibson 2670 2nd – Aleen Mittelberg 2560
CANASTA – Table of 4 –
March 5 – Mary Jean Steward, Darlene Bryant Score?
March 7 – Agnes Messner, Judy Greenlee Score?
March 9 – Fram Hryniw, Judy Greenlee Score? Table of 6 – March 9 -
Margie Rexroad, Jean Burkinshaw, Linda Palermo 41720
DOMINOS – Mexican Train – March 6 – Mary Lou Sirovy, Ann Johnson, Maud Fisher, Pat Olafson, Fran Hryniw, Nancy Gonnerman, Virginia Baker, Patty Lamp, Red Tyler, Janie Maxwell March 11 – Agnes Messner, Virginia Baker, Janie Maxwell, Judy Greenlee, Dick Topel, Dianna Miller, Janel Baker, Nancy Gonnerman, Grace Thornton, Margaret Morrow
DUMMY RUMMY – March 10 -
1st – Del Telfor 225 2nd – Nancy Argo 227
3rd – Donna Goodwin 231 4th – Arwin VanWyk 244
EUCHRE –
GOLF – March 9 – Executive - 1st – Henry Hryniw 29
2nd (tie) – Arwin VanWyk, Dave Johnson, Bob Blank 35
Women's Low – Brenda Smith 44
March 6 – Tierra Santa -
Low – Paul Sprague 86 2nd – Bob Short 87
PINOCHLE – Single Deck – March 9 -
1st – Ed Hover 466 2nd – Del Telfor 464
SHUFFLING – March 6 – Henry Hryniw, Jim Moeller, Agnes Messner, Bruce Wells March 7 – Bruce Wells, Henry Hryniw March 9 – Lyle Voste, Henry Hryniw, Ross McAuley
POKER – TEXAS HOLD 'EM – March 10 -
1st – Arwin VanWyk 2nd – Lynn Stamp 3rd – Jean Stamp
TIC – March 7 -
1st – John Norris 111 2nd – Dale Norris 162
3rd – Donna Granath 189 4th – Ann Johnson 192

From my favorite author .. Anonymous ..
“God loves you because of who God is, not because of
anything you did or didn't do.”
“Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.”
“Life is too short, enjoy it.”
“Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else does.”
“Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.”

Something to make you SMILE ..
A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed by. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties. “They use him to keep crowds back,” said one. “No”, said another, “He's just for good luck.” A third brought the argument to a close, “They use the dogs”, she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”